Foreign Object in the Rectum (Removed) (Adult)

An object in the rectum is called a foreign body. Objects that are easy to put into the rectum can be very hard to get out again. Trying to remove them can lead to swelling and spasms of the rectal muscles. It can also lead to both internal and external cuts and bruising. This can make getting the object out even harder.

An object stuck in the rectum can be very painful. It can cause bleeding. It may also puncture the wall of the rectum. This can be very serious and might need surgery to repair. If the object is in the rectum for a time, infection can develop.

X-rays or other tests may be done to get a view of the object and where it is. The goal is to remove the object from the rectum without causing further damage. This can often be done safely in the emergency department. Medicine may be given to relax you and prevent pain during removal. After the object is removed, the rectum is examined for signs of injury or infection.

Home care

Medicine may be prescribed to help ease pain and swelling. Take all medicine as directed. Antibiotics may be used to help treat or prevent infection. If these are prescribed, take them as directed until they are gone.

The following are general care guidelines:

  • If you were given relaxing medicine for the removal, don't drive or operate heavy equipment for 24 hours.

  • Don't put anything into your rectum for at least a week. This allows it to heal.

  • If passing stool is painful, use a laxative or stool softener for a few days. Take these by mouth, instead of using a suppository.

  • If using vibrators or dildos for sex play, choose one made for insertion into the rectum. These have safety features that keep them from getting stuck.

Follow-up care

Follow up with your healthcare provider, or as advised. If you have damage to the rectum, you may be referred to a specialist.

Call 911

Call 911 if any of these occur:

  • Heavy bleeding

  • Swollen, tense, or very painful abdomen

  • Fainting or loss of consciousness

  • Trouble breathing

  • Rapid heart rate

When to seek medical advice

Call your healthcare provider right away if any of these occur:

  • Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider

  • Bleeding from the rectum

  • Rectal pain that gets worse

  • Nausea or vomiting

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